Barricaded Subjects

This agency shall use properly trained, equipped, and supervised field officers to respond and contain a potential barricaded suspect or subject incident.

Should the situation involve overtly dangerous or assaultive behavior directed toward officers or involved citizens, or should it involve suspects wanted on serious felony crimes, the tactical element shall immediately respond and address the problem through primary and secondary resolution options.

In all other cases, after the situation has stabilized, this agency shall closely examine the situation and weigh the benefits of forcing the suspect or subject from the location against the potential costs. This agency shall give special consideration to such things as the commitment of agency personnel and resources and the impact this might have on response capability to other critical incidents in the community, the impact on the community surrounding the police operation, the severity of the crime or situation involved, and the agency safety priorities and the recognition of the risks involved when tactics are used to resolve a barricade.

If a decision is made to continue with the resolution effort, minimally intrusive techniques shall be employed until the suspect or subject exits, the agency decides to discontinue the effort and leave the scene, or the agency decides that the minimally intrusive resolution techniques have failed and the need to take the suspect or subject into custody justifies the transition to tactics.

This agency shall generally not use tactics to resolve a barricade situation unless it has lawful justification to arrest the suspect or subject or take him or her into physical custody.

Positive progress in a barricade resolution effort shall be defined as developments that increase the probability that the suspect or subject will be safely taken into custody, as opposed to the mere passage of time.

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